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Publication numberUS20040022913 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/210,439
Publication dateFeb 5, 2004
Filing dateAug 1, 2002
Priority dateAug 1, 2002
Also published asUS7368142
Publication number10210439, 210439, US 2004/0022913 A1, US 2004/022913 A1, US 20040022913 A1, US 20040022913A1, US 2004022913 A1, US 2004022913A1, US-A1-20040022913, US-A1-2004022913, US2004/0022913A1, US2004/022913A1, US20040022913 A1, US20040022913A1, US2004022913 A1, US2004022913A1
InventorsTommy Watson, Brenda Watson
Original AssigneeWatson Tommy Stanley, Watson Brenda F.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Helps the body's balance of intestinal flora.
US 20040022913 A1
Abstract
A natural sweetener formulation comprises fructose, lo han, and inulin.
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Claims(12)
What is claimed is:
1. A natural sweetener formulation, comprising:
fructose;
lo han; and
inulin.
2. The natural sweetener formulation according to claim 1, wherein the concentration of fructose ranges from about 85 to about 98 weight percent.
3. The natural sweetener formulation according to claim 2, wherein the concentration of fructose is about 95 weight percent.
4. The natural sweetener formulation according to claim 1, wherein the concentration of lo han ranges from about 1 to about 10 weight percent.
5. The natural sweetener formulation according to claim 4, wherein the concentration of lo han is about 3 weight percent.
6. The natural sweetener formulation according to claim 1, wherein the concentration of inulin ranges from about 1 to about 5 weight percent.
7. The natural sweetener formulation according to claim 6, wherein the concentration of inulin is about 2 weight percent.
8. A natural sweetener formulation, comprising:
from about 85 to about 98 weight percent fructose;
from about 1 to about 10 weight percent lo han; and
from about 1 to about 5 weight percent inulin.
9. The natural sweetener formulation according to claim 8, wherein the concentration of fructose is about 95 weight percent.
10. The natural sweetener formulation according to claim 8, wherein the concentration of lo han is about 3 weight percent.
11. The natural sweetener formulation according to claim 8, wherein the concentration of inulin is about 2 weight percent.
12. A natural sweetener formulation, comprising:
about 95 weight percent fructose;
about 3 weight percent lo han; and
about 2 weight percent inulin.
Description
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The invention relates generally to a natural sweetener composition. More particularly, the invention is directed to a natural sweetener formulation that additionally helps the body's balance of intestinal flora.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] Natural sweetener formulations have become well-known in the art. Many are prepared from plant materials, such as for example an extract from lo han kuo fruit, and combined with conventional sweeteners like glucose or fructose. Such sweeteners, however, do not build or assist the balancing of the human body's intestinal flora.

[0003] It would be desirable to prepare a natural sweetener formulation having the added benefit of promoting the growth of beneficial intestinal micro flora, for improved operation of the gastrointestinal tract.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] Accordant with the present invention, an improved natural sweetener formulation has surprisingly been Discovered. It comprises fructose, lo han, and inulin.

[0005] The inventive natural sweetener formulation is particularly suited as a sweetening agent for packaged foods, and for hot and cold beverages.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0006] The present invention is directed to a natural sweetener formulation comprising fructose, lo han, and inulin.

[0007] Fructose is a well-known sweetener, commonly called “fruit sugar.” Fructose remains in the intestinal tract for a longer period of time than conventional sweeteners such as, for example, sucrose, thereby providing time-released energy to the human body. Fructose may be present in the inventive natural sweetener formulation at a concentration ranging from about 85 to about 98 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of fructose is about 95 weight percent.

[0008] Lo han is the well-known extract from the lo han kuo fruit, and includes the natural sweetening agent mogroside which is 300 times sweeter than cane sugar. Lo han may be present in the inventive natural sweetener formulation at a concentration ranging from about 1 to about 10 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of lo han is about 3 weight percent.

[0009] Inulin is a well-known natural carbohydrate that helps to promote and balance the level of beneficial flora in the body's intestinal tract. Inulin may be present in the inventive natural sweetener formulation at a concentration ranging from about 1 to about 5 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of inulin is about 2 weight percent.

[0010] The ingredients that comprise the inventive natural sweetener formulation may be mixed and granulated by conventional techniques. The resulting natural sweetener formulation may then be added to foods, or hot or cold drinks, in place of conventional sweeteners. The inventive natural sweetener formulation promotes the growth of specific intestinal flora perceived to be beneficial to overall health.

[0011] The invention is more easily comprehended by reference to the specific embodiments recited hereinabove which are representative of the invention. It must be understood, however, that the specific embodiments are provided only for the purpose of illustration, and that the invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically illustrated without departing from its spirit and scope.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification426/548
International ClassificationA23L1/30, A23L1/236
Cooperative ClassificationA23V2002/00, A23L1/2363, A23L1/3002
European ClassificationA23L1/30B, A23L1/236D
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Nov 7, 2011FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 4
Mar 14, 2008ASAssignment
Owner name: GENERAL ELECTRIC CAPITAL CORPORATION, AS ADMINISTR
Free format text: SECURITY AGREEMENT;ASSIGNOR:RENEW LIFE FORMULAS, INC.;REEL/FRAME:020654/0117
Effective date: 20080311
Mar 12, 2003ASAssignment
Owner name: RENEW LIFE FORMULAS, INC., FLORIDA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:WATSON, TOMMY STANLEY;WATSON, BRENDA F.;REEL/FRAME:013832/0099
Effective date: 20030222